Below are CJPME's most recent Position Papers. See complete list of all of CJPME's Position Papers
In this position paper, CJPME outlines the problem of Canada's accelerating arms exports to Israel at a time when Israeli practices are increasingly recognized as amounting to apartheid. Photo credit: Hersi Osman / Association of Palestinian Arab Canadians.
This analysis explores the problem of Canada's arms exports to Israel, given that the latter stands accused of significant human rights abuses and of maintaining a regime of apartheid against Palestinians. The analysis examines Canada’s exports of military goods to Israel, including the current values and historical trends, and the potential risk that these exports may contribute to a deteriorating situation for human rights and international law. This analysis also reveals that there is precedent in recent Canadian history for restricting sales to Israel over concerns about human rights and military aggression. Issued April 13, 2022 Continue reading
In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine following February 24, 2022, Canadian authorities responded immediately to the crisis by implementing a broad set of mechanisms to uphold international law. However, similar or identical measures have been dismissed by Canadian officials as options to address related Israeli acts of aggression, occupation, and the annexation of Palestinian territory. In this Position Paper, CJPME notes the discrepancy in Canadian measures as applied to Russia and Israel, and urges their consistent application in all cases of violations of international law.
This position paper presents a series of recommendations to Canadian officials, which together outline a constructive role for Canada in Palestine-Israel. These include: Canada must engage with the growing consensus among human rights organizations that Israel is committing the crime of apartheid, as defined under international law; Canada must stand up for human rights defenders and oppose Israel’s criminalization of Palestinian NGOs; Canada should consistently and forcefully condemn all violations of human rights and international law; The Parliamentary discourse on Israel-Palestine must reflect the fact that there are no negotiations presently taking place between Israelis and Palestinians; Canada must stop attempting to block initiatives by Palestinians to seek justice and representation at the international level; Canada must provide humanitarian relief to Palestinians suffering as a result of the conflict; Parliamentarians must seek a deeper understanding of the existing dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and share that knowledge with Canadians.
In this policy note, CJPME calls for a major reorientation of Canadian policy towards the Middle East. CJPME urges Canadian politicians and officials to focus on immediate policy tools that can facilitate equality and human rights for both Palestinians and Israelis, rather than emphasizing a theoretical two-state solution as a potential political outcome. This shift in priorities is essential if Canada is serious about advancing the prospects of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East. Issued July 2021 Continue reading
On January 19, 2021, CJPME provided a submission to the Honorable Thomas Cromwell, leader of the University of Toronto External Review process into alleged interference in decisions regarding the hiring of a Director of the International Human Rights Program. CJPME's submission, titled "Protecting Academic Freedom on Israel-Palestine," criticizes the UofT’s alleged revocation of a job offer to Dr. Valentina Azarova based on her scholarship on Israel’s occupation, and explores this incident in the context of broader campaigns to shut down critical scholarship on Israel-Palestine. CJPME's full submission is available here as a .PDF, or copied below. Continue reading
On October 27, 2020, Doug Ford's Ontario Government announced that it had pulled the plug on Bill 168, a private member's bill that would have adopted the controversial IHRA working definition of antisemitism, and instead unilaterally adopted the IHRA definition through an Order-In-Council. This was announced less than 24 hours before civil society groups were preparing to testify about Bill 168 in public hearings before the Justice Policy committee. Over 100 individuals and organizations had applied to speak before the committee, including CJPME. Given this anti-democratic move to silence public opposition to IHRA, CJPME has decided to publish our written submission on IHRA as a threat to free speech on Israel and Palestine. CJPME's full submission is available here as a .PDF, or copied below. Continue reading
Bill 21, which in the name of government “secularism,” will now bar Quebeckers who wear religious symbols from taking certain government positions. Despite months of public outcry and severe criticism from human rights groups, the Quebec government passed Bill 21 into law on June 16th. Bill 21 will further entrench division and difference, while infringing on the democratic values of Quebeckers, such as the rights to religious equality and gender equality.
A mere three days prior to Israel’s April 9, 2019 elections, incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank if given a fifth consecutive term. This position paper argues that Canada should leverage its relationship with Israel to uphold international law and human rights.